Wheat Starch

Objectionable Keto IngredientWhat is Wheat Starch?

Wheat starch is the starch from a wheat grain that has been processed to remove the gluten protein. To turn wheat into starch, milled flour is turned into a dough and then washed. During the wash, the starch dissolves in the water while the gluten sinks to the bottom of the container and remains a solid. The liquid is then left to evaporate, and what’s left behind is a starchy, powdery substance known as wheat starch.

Manufacturers sell vital wheat gluten separate from the wheat starch. Food companies and bakeries use vital wheat gluten to create extra elasticity in their baked goods while wheat starch is typically used as a thickening agent in cooking and baking.

Keto Status?



Wheat Starch is a carbohydrate coming in at 27g of carbohydrates per 1 oz.

Possible Side Effects From Ingesting Wheat Starch?

May raise insulin and blood glucose and may stop ketosis.

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